Even with a battle against Rockhurst on the horizon next week, Shawnee Mission East made sure to take care of its Sunflower League business first.
With a solid attack on offense and a stout, opportunistic defense, the Lancers made easy work of the SM Northwest Cougars 41-0 on Friday at Shawnee Mission North Stadium.
For SM East coach Dustin Delaney, it was all about executing enough this week before moving onto the anticipated early season matchup against Rockhurst.
“Offensively it was a just weird, choppy game because there must have been 50 penalties thrown. It was hard to get into an offensive rhythm,” Delaney said. “But I’m really proud of the defense, and offense got stuff done when they needed to.”
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The Lancers were in control the entire night, but there was an early concern in the first quarter when quarterback Andy Maddox limped off the field.
While Maddox was out, the multi-dimensional Milton Braasch managed to handle the quarterback duties. Listed in the athlete position on the roster, Braasch made a perfect touchdown pass and handled the option attack so the SM East offense could keep humming.
“I do a few reps of it in practice,” Braasch said of playing QB. “We’ve got to be prepared for anything. Andy was down, so I knew I had to step up and lead the team.”
Maddox later returned to the game.
Braasch provides the SM East offense with the ability to use him out of the backfield as well as running between the tackles, really anywhere they can get him in the end zone.
“He’s now scored a touchdown on a punt return, running the ball, throwing a pass,” Delaney said. “We’re gonna try to find about four or five more ways for him to score this year before it ends.”
Although the quarterback leads the team, SM East’s backfield will likely be the key to the season. It features a bevy of runners including Michael Perry, Garrett Boschen and Cole Machovsky, who all contributed to the cause on Friday. The entire SM East rushing group went for more than 300 yards.
Top wideout, Kelyn Bolton, showed off his speed for the Lancers several times. He had 83 yards receiving.
But with a shutout on the board, the Lancer defense held their own as well. SM East was physical up front and opportunistic when the Cougars (0-2) threw the ball.
Tyler Stottle showed out in the Lancer secondary with two interceptions, including a 33-yard interception returned for a touchdown.
“My job was just to sit there and spy the QB. I saw where he was going, and it ended up turning well for us,” he said.
Now that the Lancers (2-0) knocked out their first two opponents, it’s onto the task against the Hawklets to test how ready they are to make a run on the Kansas side.
“It is a big game because it’s a rivalry, but the reality it’s week 3, and it’s there Week 5,” Delaney said. “I think neither team’s going to make more of it than that because it could affect the rest of your season, but we’re looking forward to it.”